The Higan-e Memorial Ceremony is held on the days of the vernal and autumnal equinoxes. On these two days, the length of daylight and darkness is equal. As the sutra expounds, "The Buddha desires the Middle Way." For this reason the benefits of performing positive deeds on these days are superior to those practiced at other times.
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The Oeshiki Ceremony is the celebration of the eternal life of Nichiren Daishonin. It is said that at the time of the Daishonin’s passing there was an earthquake as the cherry trees bloomed out of season. This indicates that at the moment of the True Buddha’s physical passing, the earth shook in farewell, as the cherry trees bloomed to commemorate his eternal life. For this reason, at the Head Temple Taisekiji as well as all local Nichiren Shoshu Temples, the altars are traditionally decorated with colorful paper cherry blossoms.